Austin earns Ph.D. in Nursing from UAB

Pictured is Holmes Community College’s Assistant Director for the Associate Degree Nursing (AND) Program Alice Austin who recently earned her PhD in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Alice Austin, Holmes Community College's Ridgeland Campus assistant director for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, recently earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her dissertation was titled, "African American Child and Adolescent Obesity: The Parent's Perspective."

A native of Vicksburg, Dr. Austin obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in nursing education from Alcorn State University in 1991 and 2002, respectively. She first joined the Holmes family as a full-time instructor for Medical-Surgical Nursing in 2004. Shortly after, she began teaching as an adjunct faculty instructor for the Ridgeland and Grenada campuses, and in 2010, added on the role of ADN assistant director.

Prior to working at Holmes, Dr. Austin taught at other institutions in the state. She served as an adjunct clinical instructor (LPN Bridge Program) for the Hinds Community College ADN program on the Vicksburg Campus and as an instructor from the Mississippi College School of Nursing in Clinton. She has also been employed as a staff nurse (PRN status) at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, as a staff nurse for maternal-child services at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, as pediatric coordinator and as a staff nurse for ParkView Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg, and as assistant director of nursing for Delta Haven Nursing Home in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Dr. Austin has attended and presented at numerous conferences, including the Annual Conference of Southern Nursing Research Society in San Antonio, Texas; the Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators:  Effective Strategies for NCLEX Success in Phoenix, Arizona, and the 17th Annual Conference of Southern Nursing Research Society in Orlando, Florida, to name a few. She presented "Childhood Obesity in African Americans: The Parent's Perspective" at the University of Alabama at Birmingham She also served as moderator for the 2nd Annual Stepping Stone Conference in Jackson.

To add to her list of credentials, Dr. Austin is currently the vice-chair for the Council for Associate Degree Nursing, Deans & Directors of Mississippi; a board member and treasurer for Believers of Faith Outreach in Vicksburg; a board member for the Madison County Health & Wellness Committee of the Madison County Business League;  a member of the Obesity Society; a dual member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Tau Eta Chapter; a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and of the American Nurses Association. Dr. Austin is also the faculty advisor for Holmes' student nurses association and was named Faculty of the Year at Mississippi College in 2004 and Faculty of the Year at Holmes in 2008.

Additionally, in June Dr. Austin will be a participant in the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA) and in the fall of 2017, will serve as a peer reviewer for ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

To learn more about the Holmes ADN program, contact Dr. Austin at aaustin@holmescc.edu or (601) 605-3419.

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IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Holmes Community College's Assistant Director for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program Alice Austin who recently earned her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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